Forgiveness and Freedom.
As long as you have unforgiveness against someone, you are hooked to them.
Attached to them.
Connected to them.
In bondage to them.
The only way to detach, remove, free yourself from an individual’s power, grasp, control over you, you must first free them from any connection or responsibility to you by forgiving them.
Then and only then, can the power of Christ set you free.
Forgiveness is essentially, letting someone off the hook for hurting you. And that offends our sense of right and wrong. But God has done the same for me and you.
He has born our sins and shame and guilt. He has also promised to forgive us our sins to the same level that we forgive others.
We cannot turn back the clock. Not even God will go back into the past and change the wrongs that have been done to us. But we CAN right the wrong that we are doing RIGHT NOW if we harbor any resentment or unforgiveness in our hearts.
Forgiveness is not a feeling. It is a decision. It is a choice. It is saying I put the value and truth of God’s word and desire above my own feelings and my own way of thinking.
Forgiveness is agreeing to live with the consequences of another individual’s sin. We must live with the result anyway, because you and I cannot change the past. But forgiveness allows us to live with it in the freedom of Christ and the cross, rather than under the bondage and power of bitterness.
Forgiveness is saying that even though I have been greatly hurt, I expect nothing in return from this individual for my pain and only then, can God come in a truly heal the pain that was caused by the individual.
Unforgiveness is allowing the person that hurt you so badly to continue to hurt you. Every. Single. Day. Every single time you think about it. But forgiveness is taking back control of your life and your mind; taking the power away from that person and giving it back to God in order that He would set you free for good.
Forgiveness is choosing not to make this person pay for what they did to you over and over and over again, in the real world or even in the realm of your mind.
Forgiveness is releasing that person from their debt to you, thereby releasing yourself from the chains and strongholds that have you bound to them in an “inescapable cell” of hatred and dislike.
The forgiveness of God is being able to look at a person as if they had never done a thing against you. And only God can manifest that level of peace into your spirit, but it starts with a choice.
The choice to forgive.
The choice to really forgive.
The choice to continue to forgive and to renounce unforgiveness and anger and bitterness and resentment when it tries to come back.
Forgiveness is obedience to God.
Forgiveness is trusting that God will deal with that person justly and fairly, which is something that isn’t easy to do, but is so very, very worth it.
Forgiveness is from the heart; it allows the painful emotions of the past to surface and be dealt with instead of being pushed back and forced down, buried because looking at it for too long hurts too much.
Forgiveness must be declared out loud, because unforgiveness and anger breed ground for the devil to gain a foothold in your life and in your heart. The devil cannot read our thoughts and is under no obligation to obey them.
The devil IS however, under the authority of the name of Jesus Christ and he is subject to that authority and power and MUST LEAVE when we submit ourselves to God and the truth of His word; once submitting to God, resisting the devil, he must go.
Once you choose to forgive, the devil will lose the power he has held over you in this area of your life for as long as you have had unforgiveness in your heart.
Unforgiveness is never okay. It is never acceptable. It is never allowable. No matter what has been done to you. Unforgiveness in any form or manner is in direct opposition with the truth of the Bible; God’s word.
If you ever feel or believe that it is okay for you not to forgive an individual because what they have done, you are being deceived by the devil. That is a lie from satan and his minions. A deception is only a deception as long as it is believed. Thankfully, the Holy Spirit is The Spirit of Truth who leads us and guides us into all truth. Jesus Christ said that I AM the truth. God’s every word is truth. AND THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE.
If you struggle with unforgiveness in your life and seek to be free from the bondage that comes as a result, pray aloud* to your Heavenly Father and declare right now in Jesus’ name that you choose to forgive that individual (or individuals) for all they have done to you.
Allow God to bring to mind ALL of the people and things that you need to forgive and stick with it; though painful. Forgive each person and offense as they arise in your mind. Don’t question whether or not you should, you should! It’s a mandate in the word of God!
Don’t ask Him to help* you forgive, He is already doing that. Don’t say that you want* to forgive, wanting and doing are two different things.
Tell Him (and the devil) that you CHOOSE to forgive. Name the person out loud. Name all the horrible things they did to you. Name all the offenses and hurts that you have against them. Renounce them and renounce the power the devil has gained over your life because of the anger and bitterness that you have entertained. Forgive them! Submit to God. Resist the devil. Forgive your enemy and BE FREE.
In Jesus’ name.
Freedom may not come as a feeling, but it will come the moment you have forgiven. The moment you speak the words and accept them to be truth, the truth of freedom is yours to walk in. It may not be a feeling, but it will be a fact. And as long as you believe it and live according to it, you will remain free.
[blog inspired by the reading and understanding of God’s word and The Bondage Breaker by Neil Anderson. SO GOOD.]
God is with me.
He is within me.
I shall not faint.
I shall not falter.
He is my strength.
He is my portion.
God is all I need.
He is all I need.
He is all I need.
Love is patient, and that is the hardest part of love.
T.B. LaBerge // Unwritten Letters to You (via tblaberge)
Oh, oh, my suffering heart.
Another day full of faith.
By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before Him; for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and He knows everything.
1 John 3:19-20
When the wheels start turning, I can hear your voice say, “Stop. Hey. It’s gonna be okay.”
And because you believe in me; because you stand a little taller and can see what I can’t see…
It’s gonna be okay.
There is always some peace in having submitted to the right. Don’t spoil it by worrying about the results, if you can help it. It is not your business to succeed (no one can be sure of that) but to do right: when you have done so, the rest lies with God—and Will!
C.S. Lewis | letter to Arthur Greeves, December 29, 1935
Take A Chance.
I don’t want to protect myself anymore.
I don’t want to guard myself against pain and devastation.
I don’t want to hold back from going “all in” because of the fear that there will be backlash should I be disappointed.
I don’t want to put up walls and defenses against the, “But what if’s…” or the, “Well, you never know’s…”
I want to put my self-preservation aside and all my eggs in one basket. I want to take the risk and be vulnerable and say, to heck with it all, I’m taking a chance. I’m going all in. Whatever the outcome, I’m going to believe the best and pray like crazy that the best will come.
I don’t want to be afraid.
I want to believe.
I choose to believe.
I choose to trust.
I choose to wait and see.
I choose to take a chance.
A great future doesn’t require a great past.
William Chapman (via thatkindofwoman)
You make me like the way I look.
One day it will happen. Until then, we wait.